Western writers have successfully documented the recent Middle East rage. Articles are scattered on blogs and forums like candies and pancakes. And yes, we Western people are perfect bridges of overseas tragedies to let the world know about it, although we know deep down inside us, we are just puny writers with own selfish reasons. Perhaps it is all about personal blog ranking thing, online popularity, or worse-money and career growth.
There is nothing wrong with being an online journalist in our own right. America is a free world, and we have things some other countries are just starting to have-democracy postonmagazine.com . And it’s a good thing that this country is the center of all search engines, that whatever happens and published online might be readily available even on locally-designed search tools. Admit it, whether we like it or not, whether other people (and fellow Americans) lambaste and love us, we clearly know our position in this world. Everyone puts concern on our market, finances, industry and everything. We can consider it a good thing, a responsibility, or perhaps, a dead weight.
And carrying such responsibility can be an everyday lesson and a beautiful advantage.
We are not superior over others; it is just some people think that way. Yet in America, writing a single blog post is a responsibility, for the chance of it being read by the rest of the world is like jaywalking on the deadly streets of Riverside County in California, that making it alive on the other side is either impossible or improbable.
Blog Writing as moral and social responsibility
I’ve read and seen handful of internet writers who obviously write only for egocentric reasons. Few months back, I’ve read an article about the ongoing political war in Syria, and without questions, I felt it, for it was vehemently and artistically written by an obviously hired ghost writer. Everything was great until a dubious word has caused me to pause my reading: an inglorious promotion of an irrelevant start-up carpet cleaning business veiled on a colored link. From that day on, I stopped subscribing to that blog.
Again, there is nothing wrong with incorporating timely news in your business strategies. We can actually use these controversies to color a dead blog but not to the extent of using it for pure promotion and business reasons. Of course, blogs are places to express, and expressing is everyone’s right. Yet to handpick a controversy without even scrutinizing and deeply understanding it will just lead to multitudes of blogging destructions. To write about the Royal Wedding and your jewelry store is acceptable, but to use the current Middle Eastern rage for Link Bait and ROI is definitely NOT.
As Americans, we all know that we are very prone of racism, or being accused of practicing one. In some point, I know where they are coming from. Sometimes-or always, it is all because of some writers’ reckless way of treating controversies, as if all news are worthy for their dead blogs, as if these sensitive issues are blog plugins to boost their much-coveted search engine optimization rankings, and as if blogging is an excuse to hurt people.
If you can still remember how careless Internet writers treated Wael Ghonim’s case, you’ll understand my point.